MySCPI: Tracking SCP Progress in Malaysia
You can’t improve what you don’t measure. This is a fundamental concept for most of the things and it is the same for the Sustainable Consumption and Production (‘SCP’) initiative in Malaysia.
The government is currently strategising its national blueprint to incorporate SCP. As SCP is a cross-cutting concept that breaks the “silo” behaviours and bring multiple sectors and disciplines into synergy, it is crucial to have a monitoring system to track real progress made towards SCP.
The SCP Malaysia team has designed a monitoring framework, namely MySCPI that employs policy questions which can assist various ministers and agencies in monitoring their policy goals associated to SCP.
Once the specific indicators are being identified, the respective ministry or agency will have a better idea on what idea should be preserved and when a pivot should be made. By nature, MySCPI is flexible and allows the addition and modification of questions easily.
Technical Workshop on MySCPI Prototype Report Workshop
MySCPI uses a question-based framework that utilises a set of questions that will guide the selection of indicators. This framework ensures that the most suitable and relevant indicators can be selected in order to track the real progress of SCP’s efforts. Every question posed by MySCPI relates to a policy goal, for examples, reduction of energy intensity or material intensity of the economy, decoupling growth from consumption of natural resources, increasing the share of government spending for green products etc.
The results of MySCPI will be summarised into MySCPI reports. The MySCPI reports will be divided into an indicator report and a progress report which are designed to communicate with the politicians, policy-makers and general public.
SCP Malaysia is currently working on the first MySCPI prototype report. In 19th March 2014, a Technical Workshop on MySCPI Prototype Report Workshop was held to further identify appropriate indicators and methods to summarise the MySCPI results. Several SCP Malaysia’s stakeholders were invited to this workshop to contribute their input on MySCPI reports. International experts were also present to enable a fruitful discussion.
The government is requested to establish a completed MySCPI report before the next Malaysia plan begins in order to be ready to monitor SCP development. This is with respect to ‘Green Growth Through SCP’ in Malaysia during 2016 - 2020 and beyond.